House okayed select committee formation to probe Capitol attack

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A creation of a select committee to probe  the fatal US Capitol violence last January 6 got the nod of the House on Wednesday, as Republican leaders maintained its stand not to be part of the body.

With a vote of 222-190, the chamber has voted to establish the select body with only Republican Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois joined the Democrats.

Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentioned the creation of the panel which was formalized by Wednesday’s vote. The committee will be established as the creation of a bipartisan commission to have the attack investigated was blocked by Republicans in the Senate.

The measure proposed by Pelosi does not require the Senate’s approval.

The House Speaker expressed how she was “heartbroken” Congress failed to form a bipartisan commission. The Congress had to take the next step with the select committee even though Pelosi mentioned that she had hoped the bipartisan commission could take place some other time.

“We cannot wait,” the House Speaker said. “We believe that Congress must in the spirit of bipartisanship and patriotism establish this commission. And it will be conducted with dignity with patriotism with respect for the American people, so that they can know the truth.”

Among the expected matters the House’s select committee will investigate the January 6 attack failures. During that day, Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capital and played havoc with the certification of the win of President Joe Biden in November 2020 polls.

Reckoning Trump’s role in disseminating fake information on his alleged election fraud will possibly be taken up, including the pro-Trump lawmakers who backed to revoke the election. Also, it could investigate the exchange of statements between McCarthy and Trump during the attack.